Hello from South Texas--A Question
With many of my internet searches regarding African hunting, I have been directed to this forum and found some REALLY good information. I have had a passion for Africa since I was about 12 years old, and always dreamed of going on a big game "safari". Life happened and I spent the next 37 years pursuing career and other things. Now, at the dawn of my 50s, it looks like I actually have an opportunity to pursue the dream, and have spent the last couple of years preparing. Unfortunately, Botswana (and Zim?) appear to be closed for hunting for now, so I am looking at other options. I am always hearing (online) horror stories about ammo being "lost" when a hunter chooses to use his or her own firearm in Africa, or even being charged a bribe to be reunited with ones firearm or ammo upon arrival in Africa. This has been used as reasoning to use a common cartridge such as the .458 WM or Lott, although I suspect this happens very infrequently. I have owned four DG rifles but have settled on the 450 Rigby as my cartridge of choice for elephant or cape buffalo, and I have become quite comfortable and proficient with it. My question is this: If I choose to bring my own rifle, is there a way I could ship it right to my PH a month or so beforehand so I KNOW it is there? Or do I have to be there to claim it myself? Or is it just better to rent one from my PH?
Thanks in advance for your help!